It’s hot out, but you don’t hear these teens complaining. They’re too busy making art. Art Works Now launches “Going Public!” an exciting mural project at the Brentwood Route One Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, in partnership with the “Art Lives Here” initiative in the Gateway Arts District. Through a competitive application process, four teens from Bladensburg, Takoma Park, and Hyattsville were selected to work on the mural on a central fence at the market. They are working with professional muralists Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan on Saturday mornings from 9-1 until August 16.
In June, the teens conducted intensive research on the local community during Art Works Now teen camp. The mural imagery is based on local flora and fauna, as well as elements from the African American history of the region. The interns and other teen volunteers work on the mural on Saturday mornings while the market is open, so community members can share in the excitement of the creative process. The program is designed to develop confidence and leadership skills in the teens, as they are expected to treat this experience like any other job – with professionalism and a positive attitude. “We couldn’t be more excited about this project. The teens are talented and committed, and the muralists have taught them incredible skills they can use their whole lives. It fits perfectly with our mission to create better community through the arts,” states Art Works Now Executive Director, Barbara Johnson.
For more information on this program please visit: www.artworksnow.org/event-registration/?ee=125 or call 301-454-0808.